Oktoberfest, on many a traveler’s bucket list, celebrates its 205th anniversary in 2015. The festival attracts tourists from all over the world, who, along with the locals, drink up nearly eight million liters of beer throughout the 16 day party. The atmosphere definitely encourages bonding with new friends (even if you don’t speak the same language), but sometimes the sheer size and scope of attending Oktoberfest can be overwhelming. It would be an understatement to say that Oktoberfest is a busy event, so reservations are encouraged and visitors lacking them are advised to arrive early. But which of the 14 big tents and 21 small tents should you choose? That’s where this list of the top tents at the Wiesn (that’s what the locals call it) comes in handy.
10. Café Kaiserschmarrn
Smart Oktoberfest attendees reserve seats in the big tents in advance, meaning they don’t need to queue up to ensure they have a seat when the doors open. That allows time for a leisurely breakfast at Café Kaiserschmarrn, a fairy-tale gingerbread house serving up croissants, pretzels and other baked goods. Be sure to grab a coffee to provide fuel for the rest of the day. This is one of the smaller tents, seating just 370 people at once, so it’s also a place to keep in mind as an escape from the sometimes overwhelming crowds later in the day. Take this time to try one of the delicious cakes or pies, there’s also champagne and cocktails available. Café Kaiserschmarrn can also be a good palate cleanser after a few liters of lager.